RE: [walklist] Keep up the responses RE: mall walking
- Didn't mean to "touch a nerve" with my post. I'm a
newbie. I've only been walking AVA events less than
half a year. It's for enjoyment, not for any sort of
A lot of the trails are really wonderful for
introducing the traveler to the significant historical
spots in an area, and for helping folks find out about
the interesting places to visit. I've learned a lot
of history with the walks.
I've also learned which towns have been foresightful
in designing parklands and recreational areas, and
which towns have planned their development to
encourage people to get outside and exercise.
Unfortunately, the South tends to lag in this area, as
there are too many subdivisions with no sidewalks,
etc. (Parts of California tend to be this way, too).
Peachtree City GA is one very nice exception - there
are extensive trails.
I've found the nature trails to be good, too. While
on a walk out of my area, I spotted a primitive plant
(horsetail, or _Equisetum_, which I believe was around
when the dinosaurs were around) for my first time,
along with very nice giant trillium.
I would like to encourage the list members to be more
positive. If folks want to discuss something
controversial or political, I think it would be better
to talk about how we could induce city planners to
include more trees, park space, bike paths etc. than
to have squabbles with each other. I've noticed towns
in the Northwest and ~parts~ of the Midwest to be
really good in the parkland planning, but other places
often lag. Unfortunately, there are often more
sidewalks in areas built in the 1920s and 1930s or
earlier than in subdivisions built a few years ago.
Yet, 'us moderns' always love to criticize those who
went before us for being so 'backward.'
And, I'm not really against mall walking. I want to
see choice in what's available. Personally, I would
like to see more 10-15 km stretches of hiking trail as
YRE's. Have done two, and both were supurb.
Off my soapbox...
--- Randy & Becky Adams <3dognight@...>
> >There's no way to verify the distance except by a__________________________________
> human observer<
> How do we verify the distance of any volkssport
> event? Just because a trail
> is 10 km. in length does not mean people walk it
> all. I have actually seen
> people turn around at a checkpoint and cut off part
> of the distance (no
> wonder they have completed their 30,000 km. book
> (not legally, that's how).
> I also know people who go to a YRE, stamp their
> book, walk around the block
> once and leave. Me, I prefer to do it legally. Just
> a conscience thing, I
> guess. The only person I would be cheating was
> There is no way to verify the distance at ANY event,
> mall walk or otherwise!
> To those who do not want to do a mall walk, no one
> will force you to do one.
> After all, we do not live in Saddam's former
> dictatorship, do we??? Those of
> us who might want to do a mall walk, for whatever
> reason, should be allowed
> to walk in peace. And I am one of the "younger"
> walkers referred to here
> recently. Just because I will walk inside (not my
> favorite type of walk,
> however) does not qualify me as a "senior citizen".
> Like age matters anyhow.
> I have been passed on the trail by people almost
> twice my age!!
> Trail Trolls
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- Like Ruth, I've learned a lot about the places I've walked over the years. And I did my first volksmarch in 1977.
I've given the mall/not-mall walk some thought. The Indy G Walkers out of Indianapolis
have included the Circle Centre Mall in their annual Christmas walk every December.
The walk often includes the IUPUI campus, the statehouse, Soldiers and Sailors Monument and other Indianapolis
landmarks. I didn't mind including a stretch of the mall within the walk, though those pesky shoppers get in the way.
As for an entire volksmarch within a mall, I'm still skeptical, but if clubs want to host them, more power to the club.
As someone said, we all have the freedom to pick and choose the walks we want to do.
Fort Wayne, IN